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75th Anniversary of the New Town - Events in October

Pride of Stevenage Awards (celebrating 75 years of Stevenage)

The Pride of Stevenage Awards is an annual event celebrating our local heroes and the great things they do for Stevenage and its residents.

This October, the Pride of Stevenage Awards will honour people and organisations who give their time, energy and expertise to help make life nicer for those around them. They recognise the selflessness and commitment that are part of the spirit of our town.

It's an opportunity to acknowledge many of our unsung heroes who run voluntary groups, care for a variety of residents of across the town and create and deliver initiatives to make Stevenage a lovely town that cares for people of all age groups who live here.

Dates

16th October - Gordon Craig Theatre.

Contact details

Email: events@stevenage.gov.uk

75th Anniversary Walks

To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the designation of Stevenage as the first post-war new town on 11 November 1946, we are leading a series of walks across the town. Each walk has stops for refreshments built in along the way and lasts between an hour and an hour and a half. It’s free to come but booking is essential.

  1. Find out about the early Master Plans for the new town, Road 9 and the campaign to stop it, The Canyon and the farm at the heart of the new town and its eventual transformation into the park we know today. Wednesday 13 October, 10am Fairland’s (meet at the show ground car park).
  2. See the planners’ ideas for garden commons made real in Bedwell. Chart the story of the first community hall and the community centre and see how schools fitted in to the town’s story. Friday 15 October, 10am, Bedwell (meet at the Bedwell community centre).
  3. Find out about some of the new town pioneers who moved in to Rockingham Way and the early neighbourhood shops. Saturday 23 October, 10am Rockingham Way (meet at the café).
  4. The Three horseshoes Pub, ancient lanes incorporated into the cycle network and Radburn layouts. The life of the Postons at The Sishes and the origins of some of the trees planted as an arboretum in what is now Hampson Park. Wednesday 27 October 10am Pin Green and Hampson Park (meet at Duncan’s café).

Contact details

Email: Museum@stevenage.gov.uk
Telephone number: 07706 297842

Stevenage Sports Hall of Fame by Paul Fry: book launch

Paul grew up in Stevenage and loves sport! His book explores the huge variety of sporting talent that has been nurtured in the town and celebrates that success.

Dates

8 October 2021, 10am - 12noon.

Contact details

Email: Museum@stevenage.gov.uk
Telephone number: 07706 297842

Celebrating 75 years of Sport in Stevenage

Sports teams across Stevenage being given an opportunity to tell people about the club and its history to bring in more people to join and possibly volunteer.

Dates

October through to December.

Contact details

Email: Lorna.Wormald@stevenage.gov.uk
Telephone number: 07874 874526

7 Decades of Play

7 Decades of play events during October half term, including traditional and street games that children have played in the town, Scavenger Hunt, Hopscotch, Elastics (Chinese jump rope), Skipping and giant skipping, Hula hooping, Knucklebones (Jack Stones or 5 jacks), Marbles, Dodgeball, Conkers, Two ball up a wall, Whizz bangs, Welly wanging, Stilts and tin can stilts and Parachute games.

Dates

October Half Term (25 Oct - 29 Oct).

Contact details

Email: play.section@stevenage.gov.uk
Telephone number: 01438 242246

Black History Month

During Black History Month Stevenage Borough Council and the Equalities Commission shall work in partnership to highlight important members of the Black Community who have made significant contributions to the New Towns Development and Community over the past 75 years.

Dates

Month of October.

Contact details

Email: Equalities.commission@stevenage.gov.uk

Cycle Hub Rides

Planning a series of routes based on the historic roads through the town which will lend itself to a series of rides. These rides shall be supported by the Cycling Hub, Cycling UK and Breeze Rides.

Dates

October/November.

Contact details

Email: Lorna.Wormald@stevenage.gov.uk
Telephone number: 07874 874526

Cycle Hub Email: enquiries@stevenagecyclinghub.co.uk

New Town Homes exhibition

Stevenage new town was built in response to devastating wartime destruction and the resulting housing crisis. In London people were living in over-crowded, sub-standard homes and the incoming 1945 government put homes at the heart of its radical, reforming agenda. New towns were a key part of the plan and Stevenage was the first to be designated, in November 1946. Find out more about the homes that were built and the stories of those early new town pioneers who moved here. How did they get a home? What was it like to move out of the city? What did they enjoy about their new homes? Did anything go wrong? The museum holds lots of plans and drawings of the houses that were built, so come along and see if you can find yours!

Dates

Saturday 9 October 2021 - Saturday 8 Jan 2022.

Contact details

Email: Museum@stevenage.gov.uk
Telephone number: 07706 297842